Clippers ‘itchy’ to make trade involving Jared Dudley
The Los Angeles Clippers are reportedly “itchy” to make a trade that involves swingman Jared Dudley before the league-mandated Feb. 20 trade deadline, according to tweets Wednesday from Marc Stein of ESPN.
Dudley’s potential exit would come a little more than six months after he and J.J. Redick arrived in Los Angeles via the three-team trade that sent guards Eric Bledsoe and Caron Butler to the Phoenix Suns and second round draft picks to the Milwaukee Bucks. Any potential move by Clips head coach Doc Rivers would be to address the depth the team already has at the wing, between Redick, Jamal Crawford and the recently signed Hedo Turkoglu.
The 28-year-old Dudley is currently averaging 7.9 points and 2.1 rebounds in 26 minutes per game. He has two more seasons and $8.5 million remaining on his contract, with an early termination option should he decide to opt out and test free agency in 2015.
The Clippers are currently at the top of the Pacific Division with a 34-17 record but are behind San Antonio, Oklahoma City and Portland for the No. 1 spot in the Western Conference.
Trade rumble: Clippers “itchy” to make a deal and Jared Dudley, with PT harder to come by and logjam at wing spots, is unexpectedly in play
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 5, 2014